Queensland councils have committed to a zero waste to landfill strategy by the year 2028 – underpinned by waste to energy.
A meeting of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) last Friday, 16 elected member policy executives voted on the action, on behalf of all 77 councils.
In Brisbane, LGAQ President, Cr Mark Jamieson said councils are committed to ensuring Queensland is a world leader in waste management.
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“We support the state government’s recent commitment to consider zero waste and waste to energy strategies. Our aim is to eventually close landfills altogether,” he said.
The resolution comes as environment ministers met last week to address the recycling crisis facing Australia, in the wake of China’s crackdown on accepting foreign waste.
LGAQ Policy Executive members today voted to support the following:
- Queensland councils commit to making Queensland a global leader in creating a circular economy for waste management that will be good for generations to come.
- Queensland councils commit to a zero waste to landfill target by 2028 for Queensland, underpinned by nation-leading waste to energy solutions.
- Queensland councils oppose a waste levy on domestic/municipal solid waste.
- Queensland councils do not support the expansion of the local government areas subject to the levy applied in 2011/12.
- Queensland councils support all waste levy proceeds going to either councils for zero waste, waste to energy, or circular economy initiatives, or to the recycling industry to directly target problem waste streams.